Yesterday people came together for two separate but equally important reasons. Residents gathered on a vacant lot currently destined to be a walking trail for residents of Arlington-West End neighborhood to celebrate the area’s 4th annual Harambee Festival. Harambee is Swahili for “to pull together”, the goal of this festival. A Googlism of the word is available here. Attendees were able to be educated and entertained at the same time, bringing together various backgrounds and personalities to enjoy the day.
They were also able to enjoy one of our local musical exports, Just a Few Cats, before they left for a rendezvous in New York City with one Ruben Studdard this week. The band will be playing back up for the former American Idol as he makes the media tour for his upcoming CD release, The Return, scheduled for October 17. In case you’re interested, they will be appearing on ABC’s The View on Monday, with an appearance on NBC’s Today Show scheduled for Wednesday. Let’s hope they have as good a time performing as many of us have watching them.
The other group was gathering to renew the search for the Martin family; they’ve been missing now for more than three months. The family would love to have answers, though they have been tough to come by. The fact that it takes tragedy for groups to pull together at times is unfortunate and disheartening. Hopefully someone will finally be able to help crack a case that has brought heartache and pain to so many in our community. It would also be great if the relationships forged due to this unfortunate occurence were continued and expanded afterwards. Just a thought.
Enjoy the day.